Batman Ninja: Watch the First Two Minutes of the New Anime

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The Dark Knight Detective is about to test his martial arts skills in feudal Japan.

Warner Bros. Animation has debuted the first two minutes of Batman Ninja, which sends the Caped Crusader and some of his allies and enemies back through time. In this preview Batman go one-on-one against Gorilla Grodd before the vigilante and all of Arkham Asylum are transported to feudal Japan by Grodd's mysterious device.

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Once teleported to a vision of Japan still dominated by samurai and ninja, Batman and his supporting cast of villains and allies take on Japanese-influenced designs developed by Afro Samurai character designer Takashi Okazaki. The straight-to-video release is directed by Junpei Mizusaki and penned by Kill la Kill screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima.

Here's the plot synopsis from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment:

Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine transports many of Batman’s worst enemies to feudal Japan – along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies – including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family – to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City.

The latest DC animated film sees Roger Craig Smith reprise his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne after previously voicing the character in Batman Unlimited and Batman: Arkham Origins. Tara Strong returns as Harley Quinn, after first voicing the fan-favorite character in Batman: Arkham City and going on to play the character throughout various media, including this year's animated film Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay; Strong also voices Poison Ivy. Former Batman Beyond star Will Friedle voices Red Hood/Jason Todd and Red Robin/Tim Drake, while Tony Hale (Arrested Development) makes his DC Comics debut as The Joker.

Batman Ninja arrives digitally on April 24, and Blu-ray/DVD May 8 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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